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Oct 15, 2019

Do I Have to Go to the Police Station to Answer Questions?

By |October 15th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

Do you have to speak with the police at the police station? Many people think the answer is “yes” because that’s what people on TV crime dramas do. Fortunately, the real world doesn’t follow TV scripts. Unless you are being arrested for a crime, there is normally no requirement that you go to the station with the police. The better alternative is to ask to speak with your criminal defense lawyer. The lawyer can explain [...]

Oct 8, 2019

The Drug Crisis in Our Prisons Is Different Than You Think

By |October 8th, 2019|Drugs|0 Comments

The Baltimore Sun reported that a Maryland woman was charged with trying to smuggle hundreds of strips of a drug that treats opioid addiction into the Eastern Correctional Institution on the Eastern Shore. The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services says they saw her “toss two blue packages containing the drugs [buprenorphine] over the visiting room wall in the western compound.” After posting $20,000 bond, she was released pending the processing of the criminal [...]

Oct 1, 2019

What You Should Know about Underage Drinking and DUI Laws

By |October 1st, 2019|DUI|0 Comments

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), minors between 12 and 20 account for a 1/10 of the nation’s alcohol consumption. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol is a major reason why teenagers are involved in roadway crashes that result in fatalities; more than one out of every three deaths in the 16-20 age group are due to alcohol use. Across the country, adults who drink and drive can [...]

Aug 6, 2019

A Closer Look at the Opioid Epidemic in Maryland

By |August 6th, 2019|Drugs|0 Comments

Prescription opioids are powerful pain killers which are used to treat moderate to severe pain and are often prescribed following surgery or injury or for cancer pain according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For the past few years, as pharmaceutical companies have pushed their products on physicians to prescribe these powerful drugs for the treatment of other types of pain, despite the risks for dependence, abuse, and overdose, an epidemic [...]

Jun 25, 2019

Defenses to Field Sobriety Tests

By |June 25th, 2019|DUI|0 Comments

In Maryland, police don’t have complete freedom to stop any driver they see and give him or her a set of field sobriety tests. The first line of defense in any DUI case is whether the police had proper grounds to stop a driver and pull him/her off to the side of the road. The proper grounds standard in Maryland is less strict than the “probable cause” standard for obtaining a warrant. The police must [...]

May 28, 2019

How to Behave in Court

By |May 28th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

It should come as no surprise that actual appearances in court are not like those portrayed on TV and in the movies. Defendants charged with anything ranging from a traffic offense to a felony need to understand that their appearance and behavior will be judged by judges and juries. How you present yourself matters, and in some cases, it could help you get the outcome you desire. Experienced criminal defense lawyers try to prepare their [...]

May 23, 2019

Maryland’s Prison Populations Drops to a 30 Year Low

By |May 23rd, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

The Baltimore Sun reported in April that Maryland’s prison population had fallen to 17,815. It was the first time the prison population was below 18,000 in 30 years. Over the last 10 years, the number of prisoners has dropped by nearly 30%.  The statistics were compiled by the Vera Institute of Justice, which analyzed data from the states and from date compiled by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Justice Reinvestment Act A major reason [...]

Apr 29, 2019

What Is Due Process?

By |April 29th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

Due process: it’s a phrase we often hear, but most people have little idea what it means. In the most general way, due process is a fairness doctrine, aimed at protecting the rights and liberties of both the accused and the accuser in a court of law. For many, due process has become synonymous with the word “justice,” and the concept of “fair play.” Due process is, then, the set of rules which government and [...]

Apr 22, 2019

The Constitutional Right to Health Care that Only Prisoners Have

By |April 22nd, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

Constitutionally, citizens have no right to health care. There have been laws passed and programs instituted that give us access to healthcare, but for most of us, healthcare is an option, not a right – with one notable exception. The incarcerated. The New Yorker recently profiled a 30-year old named Jeremy Laintz whose fortunes turned when he began abusing opioids. He then became addicted to heroin, was arrested and booked in a Colorado jail which [...]

Apr 16, 2019

New Maryland Bill Aims to Help Victims of Sex-Trafficking Expunge Their Criminal Records

By |April 16th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

A new bill aims to help victims of sex-trafficking help clear their names so their convictions can’t be viewed by the public. Sex-trafficking often requires that the victims, many underage, commit other crimes such as drug crimes in addition to prostitution and sex-related offenses. Prior attempts to modify Maryland’s sex trafficking laws have been stymied. For many victims, clearing their record of the sex-related crimes doesn’t help clear their name of the non-sexual charges. The [...]

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